Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tip Tuesday

Avoid pickpockets
1. I've learned a lot about safety here in Morocco and the last thing I wanted to happen to me here was have my wallet stolen right out from under me so take some advice I've compiled to stay extra vigilant. Backpacks are the most convenient way to carry a lot of things but the easiest for pickpockets. Even though it may look stupid, carry your backpack on the front of your body, at least in heavily crowed places where pickpockets can lurk. Some of the easiest times for them to strike are while in lines, especially while waiting to get on and off transportation. People are touching you anyways so you may not feel a pickpocket enter your bag. Wear it on the front to avoid a huge hassle later. Also spread your cash in various places on your person. Keep some in your bag, some in your pocket, or even use a money belt (I have). So if any one thing is stolen the thief will not get all you have. Always zip or button your purse. Any small amount of inconvenience is not worth the inconvenience of replacing a passport, credit card, or lots of money. Keep your personal electronics or other valuables as close or concealed as possible. Thieves can run by and steal something right out of your hand. Even your phone while you are on it. Always keep the zipper to your bag where you can see it. Not behind you where a thief could come up without you knowing and open it.

Read this article on Frommers.com for even more advice and things to avoid while traveling.